The Ban on Silicone Breast Implants Ends

After the conditional approval granted by the FDA for silicone-gel breast implants more than a year ago, it was only a matter of time before the eventual end of almost all restrictions, announced late last week, became a health-harming reality.

Still, the approval is comes with a few strings attached. For one, the FDA's approval of silicone implants is one of "reasonable assurance" that these devices are safe, even though surgery can be painful and a woman's body can break them down. And, a first surgery for breast implantation usually guarantees at least a second operation.

At least, the FDA imposed restrictions on women age 22 and older to prevent teens from receiving silicone implants for cosmetic reasons until their bodies have fully developed (although reconstructive surgery has no age barrier).

Maybe, these implants are different and fewer of them will rupture, despite evidence to the contrary. Nevertheless, you know some of them inevitably will, causing all the same health problems as before.

Most breast implant surgeries are merely needless cosmetic procedures that do nothing to get to the heart of the real problem: A poor self-image. Address the emotional issues that tempt you ino making this disastrous choice by learning how the use the Emotional Freedom Technique, the energy psychology tool used daily in my practice.

Los Angeles Times November 18, 2006